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3. (South) African Feminisms

This is an exemplary course which combines various topics from the other courses—Transnational Feminism, Indian Feminism, (South) African Feminism, and Islamic Feminisms—into...

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Lecture 1: The Meaning of Freedom and Democracy for Women

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• What specific characteristic of women's sexuality and gender provides them with potential authoritative power?
• Look at the longue duree history of South Africa and analyse how and why patriarchy transformed the power hierarchy.
• How did colonialism affect notions of sexuality in both South Africa?
• After listening to the discussions in the lecture and going through the slides, what was common in how sexuality was perceived and constructed?
• Androcentrism (male centredness and male control) crosses different modes of living. What do you think makes this possible?

Lecture 2: The Struggle for Gender Equality and the Transition to Democracy  

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• What kind of claims are the women making in this protest?
• What does the symbolism of the public form, nakedness, suggest in theoretical terms?
• What can we deduce about the disconnect between paper rights and lived relations of gender power in particular cultural contexts?

Lecture 3: (South) African Feminism(s): Navigating Intersectionality in the Everyday – Current Debates 

Lecture 4: Gender Violence - A Central Trope in the Age of Democracy: The Zuma Rape Trial

Lecture 5: Patriarchy and Androcentrism: Hegemonic Masculinities, Heteronormativity and Plural Sexualities in South Africa 

Lecture 6: The Gendered Refugee Regime in South Africa – Open Door to Securitization

Lecture 7: The Gendered Effects of Coronavirus 

Student Presentation by Julika Huelsemann: Literature Analysis on the article on Nudity, Protest, and Law in Uganda

Student Presentation by Jella Arnold: A Feminist View of the Rhodes Must Fall Movement and Fees Must Fall Movement